Covid 19: Updates
Parents and Carers should read these two documents:
- Our approach to home learning and protocols for communication between school and home. Updated for 1st June 2020.
May Half Term
Parents are asked to share this "Half Term Handbook" with students on ideas and activities for the Half Term break.
Provision for face to face support for Year 10 and 12 students to support their remote education.
Parents and carers should refer to this guidance from the Department for Education. Which sets out their expectation that "For pupils in year 10 and 12, we are asking schools and colleges to supplement remote education with some face to face support for these year groups from 1 June. We do not expect these pupils to return to school or college on a full-time basis at this stage, and so we do not expect a full timetable to be offered as schools and colleges look to minimise the number of pupils in school or college each day."
At Kimberley we are looking forward to implementing this provision and staff are excited about the opportunity to see some of our students again. At this stage parents of Year 10 and 12 students should be aware that:
It is certainly not the intention to extend the opening of Kimberley School before we are completely ready and that may not be 1st June. We will continue to make plans and modify them according to the latest advice from all parties.
When we do have these plans in place, we will consult on them with both staff and parents
It is the decision of parents/carers as to whether they would like to use the provision, although from an educational perspective we would encourage participation if it is possible.
The safety of your children, your families and our staff will be our top priority.
We will write to you as soon as we are able to. In the mean time our priority has to be to continue to support the remote education of all students.
Application for the school to care for your child during the school closure.
Do not send children to school without contacting us beforehand
May Half Term Provision:
In line with section 4 of the latest DfE guidance, we have worked with parents whose children have been attending this provision on whether it is necessary for us to continue to look after their children during the May Half Term. As a result of this consultation school will only be open during half term on Tuesday 26th June. There will be no provision on the May Bank Holiday or the remaining days of half term.
Provision from June 1st:
The government have asked schools to provide care for children whose parents work is critical to the COVID-19. The list of critical workers (key workers) who can send their children to school or other educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is here. If you think you meet the category of a key worker and you want your child to be supervised at school whilst they complete their online work then please contact us by email: email@example.com. A member of staff will then contact you and discuss your request.
Please be aware that this provision is to care for your child. If they do attend school then they will be supervised in school in line with social distancing measures whilst they complete their work set online by their teachers. The children in this care will not be taught by specialist teachers. Unfortunately we are not able to provide lunch and so students should bring a packed lunch with them.
What do I do if I am worried about the safety of any child who attends the school?
The information you need is available on the safeguarding page of the website and still applies. During the school closure the email address firstname.lastname@example.org is monitored during normal working hours. You can also use our anonymous SHARP system for reporting any concers as we will continue to monitor this.
The NSPCC has also expanded their Helpline where adults can raise concerns and seek advice or support about the safety and wellbeing of any children they are worried about. Adults can contact the helpline by phone or online to get advice or share their concerns about a child, anonymously if they wish.
Grades for Years 11,12 and 13
On the 17th April, Mr Park wrote to all students and parents in Years 11, 12 and 13 setting out all the relevant information on how grades will be awarded this summer.
What work will be set for students when the school is closed?
Work will be set on the Show My Homework platform. Our approach to home learning from the 1st June set out in these protocols.
Teachers in will follow this timetable when setting work for students in Years 7,8,9 and 10
How can I keep my child safe online?
We are conscious that children are spending more time on-line and so we would ask all parents to refer to this newsletter on steps that you can take to keep your children safe online.
Parents can also access free anti-virus software for 90 days to cover the pandemic whilst so many people, adults and children are working from home. This offer has been made generously by a parent who works for the local software company. There is no credit card details needed and no commitment to buy.
Are there any other resources that we can use at home?
By following the work on Show My Homework you can be assured that your child is continuing to follow the school's curriculum. However, we do understand that there may well be times when it would be useful for you to access other educational resources. In this instance we would recommend these resources to you. Whilst some subject areas may start to use these across the school there is nothing to prevent parents and student accessing them individually.
BBC Bitesize are publishing three new lessons every day
BBC Teach has a huge amount of resources for secondary age pupils across a wide variety of subjects
BBC Bitesize Daily on iplayer is broadcasting daily educational programmes relevant for different age groups
STEM activities. Here you can access some fantastic free home-learning resources designed to engage 5-16 year olds in developing their own solutions to real life problems.
I need help with Show My Homework
You can email email@example.com if you or your child experiences problems using Show My Homework. However, you might find these guides useful
Where can I access help and advice on supporting my child's education at home?
StarLine – a new home learning telephone helpline - is now live to support parents and carers nationwide and is supported by the Department for Education. StarLine will help parents and carers in the following ways:
By providing access to a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts.
By focussing on providing practical ideas, support and reassurance.
By offering tips, techniques and resources to enable parents to give their children the support they need to continue learning while schools are closed.
By supporting family wellbeing and mental health.
By covering all phases of education and subjects plus behaviour, pupil wellbeing and SEND.
StarLine is available to parents and carers of pupils from all schools nationwide. Free, confidential advice is available six days a week by phoning the StarLine team on 0330 313 9162. For more information, visit www.starline.org.uk or follow @StarLineSupport on Twitter.
The team behind StarLine will also be broadcasting a weekly programme on YouTube. In each episode of StarLive, a guest presenter will share practical ideas for home learning. Further details can be found on the StarLine website.
All schools were instructed to close with effect from the 23rd March. The following documents provide a useful summary of the information parents need.
Keeping in touch
We have also set up a new twitter account for the school during the closure: @closedkimberley
How do I contact school if I have any queries or concerns?
You can continue to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not phone the school. The email account is monitored throughout the school day.
Students eligible for Free School Meals
Where a child is eligbile for Free School Meals we have written directly to parents setting out how we can continue to support you during the school closure. Please contact us via email@example.com if you have any questions
What is happening to support from external agencies?
For students needing School Nurse referrals:
They are able to offer a telephone slot contact appointment. If a young person wishes to contact a School Nurse then there is a texting service which is confidential (from 9:00am to 16:30) – 075073229952 and a nurse will answer the request
There is also a confidential texting service for Parents: 07520619919 (from 9:00am to 16.30)
Parents can self-refer to CAMHs if they have an emergency situation with a child which they are worried about: 0115 844 0560 - or go to A & E.
You can contact different support agencies directly using our Signposting Directory